Two "Winter" Walks Upcoming

What a bizarre winter we've had. From -20 Sunday morning to 52 (!?) as I write Tuesday afternoon.

The rambunctious wind has already scoured the overnight snow/ice coating from the fields.

A sign of spring! Yesterday the cardinal who's been hanging around the neighborhood all winter (and making everyone smile) started singing! He's a grand fellow, and all the finches, juncos, chickadees, nuthatches, and kinglets joined in. At our elevation of 1,300 feet, cardinals don't usually hang out; in the 20 years I've lived here in Sugar Hill, I've only seen one other male, and one female - sadly not at the same time! One spring that male sang for weeks, to no avail. 

Regardless of the weather, everyone is invited to two (hopefully) winter hikes:

Cooley-Jericho Community Forest on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 1:30 p.m. 

Rising Moon Owl Prowl at Pondicherry Refuge, Sunday March 20, 5:30 - 9 p.m.